The Spectacle Blog

Ted Cruz Didn’t Bulk-Buy His Own Book, Says Amazon

By on 7.13.15 | 1:45PM

Over the weekend, Ted Cruz got a rude response from the New York Times when, despite blockbuster sales for his book, A Time for Truth, the New York Times refused to put it on their weekly list of best-sellers because they were convinced - convinced, I tell you - that Ted Cruz had been instructing his campaign to buy the book in bulk in order to pad his numbers. Cruz's book, by all accounts, sold around 11,000 copies, which should have put him third on the list, behind a book about the Wright Brothers and a book written by a former Playboy bunny and reality television star.

Scott Walker: Conservative Presidential Candidate, But for How Long?

By on 7.13.15 | 12:50PM

I suppose, based on the exultant prediction Aaron is making about Scott Walker's run at the Presidency, that it's up to me to be the Debbie Downer. 

So, it's not that I don't like Scott Walker. I do. I like him even more because the very mention of his name makes liberal toes curl. He's defeated the worst of the progressive worst not once, but three times in four years, and he plans on making his vision for Wisconsin, which won over voters despite dramatic sit-ins, protests and threats to bring hippie drum circles to every school district in the state, his vision for America. His brand new campaign video says it all.

But as serious conservative contenders for the highest office abound, Scott Walker isn't necessarily among them.

Peter Brimelow Posts a Rather Large Picture of My Head

By on 7.13.15 | 12:29PM

For the past couple of weeks, I have raised the ire of Peter Brimelow of VDARE.

When I criticized Ann Coulter for incorrectly calling South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley "an immigrant," Brimelow took me to task for it and only to incorrectly call me an immigrant. Although I was born in Canada, I've always had a claim to U.S. citizenship, which I exercised in 1999 before moving down to Boston the following year. For this, Brimelow nows say I am of immigrant stock. But then again so is he.

MLB All-Star Break Notes: Angels Oust Astros to Lead AL West

By on 7.13.15 | 12:04PM

We have reached the halfway point of the 2015 MLB season as the All-Stars convene tomorrow night in Cincinnati. Here is a summary of what has occurred so far.


AL East
At the beginning of July, one game separated the Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Rays, New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays for first place. Less than a fortnight later, the Yankees have grabbed the reins of the AL East by winning 7 out of 10 games this month while the O’s, Rays & Jays have struggled in July, with Baltimore going 3-8 and Tampa Bay & Toronto going 4-8. The Yankees now have a 3 ½ game lead over the Rays. Still, the Rays, O’s & Jays aren’t out of the running by a long shot. Nor are the Boston Red Sox who have gone 6-4 in July and have a 15-9 record since June 16th and are only 6 ½ games out of first place.

Do You or Someone You Love Suffer from PLDD?

By on 7.13.15 | 11:06AM

I cannot tell you how many loved ones I have lost to this totally preventable illness

I would like to tell you about a serious condition afflicting thousands of policy analysts.  It’s called Petty Little Dictator Disorder, or PLDD, and you or someone you love could be suffering from this epidemic sweeping through our think tanks, advocacy groups, and government offices.  According to the description pending for inclusion in the DSM V, here are the warning signs of PLDD:

Local Lexus Liberals Call For More Taxes

By on 7.12.15 | 5:37PM

TAMPA — The local chapter of the upscale Sierra Club is taking the national Sierra’s crusade to get the peasants to take the bus very seriously. (My observation has been that the decades-long push for mass transportation has been a campaign on the part of one group of people to force another group of people to take the bus, while members of the privileged first group continue to drive their cars.) 

In a policy paper released last week, the Tampa Bay Sierra Club called on the Hillsborough County (Tampa) Board of County Commissioners to levy a five cents per gallon gasoline tax on county residents. This to go on top of already heavy taxes on gasoline.

Iran Nuclear Talks Extended for Third Time

By on 7.10.15 | 10:35PM

The Iran nuclear talks have been extended for the third time since the June 30th "deadline".

After being extended to July 7th and then to today, the talks have been extended yet another 72 hours until July 13th.

The Obama Administration has said that it will walk away from a bad deal, but the longer they keep extending negotiations the less likely they will walk away.

If there's no deal on Monday, I expect another 72 hour extension.

Scott Walker’s Fiscal Record

By on 7.10.15 | 3:05PM

Monday is Scott Walker’s turn to join the crowded presidential field. Walker has served as Wisconsin’s Governor since 2011. He rose to prominence quickly after the State Capitol in Madison was overtaken by protesters opposing his labor reforms. Walker has passed a number of government-limiting measures, earning a “B” on Cato’s Governor Report Card in both 2012 and 2014, but he continues to support higher spending.

OPM Hack Affects 24 Million Americans, But OPM Chief Isn’t Resigning; UPDATE: Archuleta Resigns

By on 7.10.15 | 1:12PM

Update: Approximately 20 minutes ago, OPM director Kathleen Archuleta finally submitted her resignation. Lower-level employees in charge of tech still remain. Her deputy will take over. 


If you weren't certain, before, whether your personal information had been compromised in the series of Chinese hacks that hit the Office of Personnel Management earlier this year, well, let me set your mind at ease. You probably were.

Omar Sharif, R.I.P.

By on 7.10.15 | 11:41AM

Actor Omar Sharif has died of a heart attack in his native Egypt. He was 83.

After a successful career in his homeland, Sharif would become an international star in 1962 for his portrayal of Sherif Ali in Lawrence of Arabia with Peter O'Toole and directed by the incomparable David Lean. This would earn him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Later in the decade, Sharif would also appear in Dr. Zhivago and in Funny Girl with Barbra Streisand. During the filming of Funny Girl, the Muslim Sharif would become romantically involved with the Jewish Streisand. At the same, the Six-Day War had occurred and Sharif would nearly lose his Egyptian citizenship when a still photo of the two kissing went public.

Sharif remained active in movies and television until he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's a couple of years ago.